Big Sur wildfire sits at 1,050 acres, prompts evacuations on NorCal coast –

FOX 5 San Diego
by: Erica Pieschke,
MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Evacuation orders have been issued after a fire broke out along the Big Sur coast in California on Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
All areas west of 3800 Palo Colorado Road to Highway 1 and south of Bixby Creek are under a mandatory evacuation order at this time.
Cal Fire CZU confirmed Saturday evening that the blaze, dubbed the Colorado Fire, is now 1,050 acres and 20% contained after initially spreading to 1,500 acres and being 5% contained.
More information on the fire can be viewed here.
Video from the PG&E webcams shows the fire burning near Rocky Creek and Palo Colorado Canyon. Photos taken near Big Sur on Saturday morning show the blazes encroaching on residences in the area.
Highway 1 at Verde Rd., south of Half Moon Bay, closed in both directions due to downed powerlines and branches.
Highway 1 reopened around 9:00 a.m.
There’s an American Red Cross Shelter that is open at Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd.
The NWS is reporting that humidity levels are in the teens and wind gusts are around 35 miles per hour.
The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services is monitoring the situation.
Cal Fire CZU has sent four engines to help battle the blaze — They posted to Twitter saying, “while this fire can be seen from Santa Cruz County, it is located in Monterey County.”
As of 10:15 p.m. Friday, PG&E reported more than 1,000 customers are experiencing power outages from Los Padres National Forest to Carmel.

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